The Philistines annoy me. You can’t read the first several books of the Bible without bumping into them, and just when you think they have taken their ball and gone home, they pop up again.
They remind me of Satan. How many times have you won a victory over some sin in your life or are making progress on a struggle and he seem to pop out his slimy head with the same old song and dance?
Time and time again he comes to kill us, to steal what is ours, to destroy our hope, and usually (but not always) it’s in the same area of our lives. Each time we are victorious, but it’s a battle nonetheless.
Protect our hearts, Lord, from the schemes of the enemy and give us victory!